The Sheffield Bus Museum first opened in 1987. It is home to twenty vehicles, mainly of local origin, housed in part of the former Tinsley Tram Sheds, demonstrating Sheffield's intriguing transport history. Full size buses are complemented by various artefacts including destination blinds, tram stops, old road signs, models, timetables and tickets. Buses from other parts of the country add a further dimension with different colours and shapes.
The former tram depot here at Tinsley was the first one built in Sheffield for the "Sheffield Tramways Company" in 1874. Originally built for the operation of horse trams, the depot was converted for electric operation in 1898/99. Following conversion Tinsley depot was capable of accommodating 95 tram cars. A couple of years earlier the assets of the Sheffield Tramways Company had been acquired by Sheffield Corporation. The old tram system was abandoned in the late Autumn of 1960 and the Tinsley depot was sold, for warehouse purposes, shortly afterwards. The Sheffield Bus Museum Trust moved into part of Tinsley in May 1987. Much of the original 1874 building still exists and the entire depot is listed as a historically significant building.
The Museum is funded and managed solely by dedicated members and vehicle owners. It is open each Saturday and Sunday afternoon (except at Christmas) when members work on the museum exhibits. However, they recommend that in order to get the most out of your visit you choose one of the Special Sunday Open Days listed below. On these dates there are many additional attractions and all areas of the Museum are easily accessible. Visiting the Sheffield Bus Museum really is like taking a journey back in time and they continue to fascinate visitors of all ages.
How to find the Museum
The Sheffield Bus Museum is situated on the A6178 Sheffield to Rotherham road, and is close to junction 34 of the M1 motorway. There are good bus links from Sheffield and Rotherham. The Carbrook Supertram stop is approximately 200 yards from the Museum entrance.The Sheffield Bus Museum
Tinsley Tram Sheds, Sheffield Road
Tinsley, SHEFFIELD, S9 2FY